9/11 Hero's Husband Returns Award After Magazine Honors Caitlyn Jenner
It turns out not everyone was moved by Caitlyn Jenner's Woman of the Year Award acceptance speech, including widower James Smith.
The 53-year-old lost his wife, Moira, in the line of duty during 9/11.
Moira helped evacuate victims out of the second tower during the 2001 terrorist attacks that took her life.
After her death, Glamour magazine gave Moira the Woman of the Year Award during its 2001 ceremony, and James accepted it in her stead.
This year, reality star and recent transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner numbered among the recipients of the same award, causing James to mail his wife's award back to the magazine.
A retired officer himself, James attached a letter referring to Caitlyn as “Bruce” -- Caitlyn's former male moniker -- and insisted the 2015 honor was “insulting to Moira Smith's memory and the memory of other heroic women who have earned this award.”
The letter, which misguidedly referred to Caitlyn as a “man,” was evidently written from an emotional place.
In response, a Glamour spokesperson reportedly told the New York Post,
Since his wife's death at the early age of 38, James has raised their daughter, Patricia.
Citations: Husband of 9/11 hero cop returns his wife's Woman of the Year award after Glamour honors Caitlyn Jenner (Daily Mail), Husband of 9/11 hero sends award back over Caitlyn Jenner (New York Post)